Below is a list of professional development opportunities offered at BCTC and at venues external to BCTC. Those opportunities that are offered by BCTC groups and/or opportunities that are available at a low cost are noted for your convenience. Links to the Teaching and Learning Center and the Technology Tutorials and Training are also available in the navigation bar to assist BCTC employees with their professional development needs.
To include other PD opportunities on this page, please contact Miranda Hines.
This training addresses supervisory skills such as communication, coaching, change management, and organizational development. At this time, we are in the process of converting these modules to an online format and adding information related to business procedures and human resource requirements. We hope to complete this transition and make the online modules available during the Fall 2014 semester. All full-time supervisors at BCTC are encouraged to complete this training. Certification will be offered upon completion of all four modules. Until then, you may review the PowerPoints used during 2013-14 by going to the PD Resources page.
Will competency-based education be a good thing for higher education, or just another administrative hoop to jump through? Inside Higher Ed had a few recent articles on competency-based education that might provide some food for thought:
Share your in-sights, your ideas, and your resources with your assessment colleagues. Dr. Catherine Wehlburg, Texas Christian University, and Dr. David Eubanks, Eckerd College, will be the provocateurs/facilitators for this inaugural AALHE Twitter Chat.
New to Twitter? To participate in the conversations, you will need a Twitter account. Use the hashtag #aalhechat to see what others are saying and to contribute your own thoughts. You can find out more about how to participate at http://support.twitter.com/articles/215585-getting-started-with-twitter# or search for “Getting Started with Twitter.”
The Kentucky Convergence Conference, a premier event for higher education professionals across the state of Kentucky, brings together professionals in information technology, online learning, and academic libraries from the public and private colleges and universities in Kentucky.
Sessions at the 2014 Kentucky Convergence Conference will focus on innovations in instructional technology, best practices for higher education technology support, current issues for academic librarianship, shared concerns for Kentucky institutions, and advances in online learning and instructional design. Presenters and attendees at the Kentucky Convergence Conference will include leaders, innovators, managers, and decision-makers from the Information Technology, Library, and Distance Learning units of Kentucky’s colleges and universities.
To register or learn more about the conference, go here.
Let’s face it, working with people from multiple departments and different functional areas can have unique challenges! Sometimes the people are great — but you still have to juggle conflicting priorities. Maybe you have to try to decipher the acronym-driven lingo of someone in another area. There’s even the very real risk of stepping into an interdepartmental ’turf war’! But in today’s results-driven world, it’s vitally important that everybody in the company be on the same page — and working together!
It’s no secret: if you want to be successful, you have to find ways to work effectively with people throughout your organization. That means eliminating distractions caused by people placing blame; fighting for control; or following one-sided agendas; and replacing them with communication, enthusiasm, and cooperation.
Get the most from diverse teams! Learn how to break down communication barriers that exist between people from different departments — whether they’re physical, mental, or verbal. Discover how to create an environment where everybody feels comfortable contributing — and people actually listen. Gain tips to resolve past differences between individuals and departments! Because when people from different departments work together successfully, you can finally get things done!
Join us for one of the most popular sessions in the ADA Audio Conference Series. Listen to an update on EEOC Enforcement and Guidance Activities and pose your questions to our speaker. This is an interactive session and you are encouraged to bring your tough issues and concerns forward. Learn from what others may be experiencing and the questions and issues that they may have as well.
The ADA Audio Conference offers three methods of participation:
CE Recognition: Cert. of Attendance, CRCC, Illinois CLE Credit
Registration: On-line at http://adagreat.powweb.com/Registration/ (you will be required to establish an account with our system if you don’t already have one).
Research documents that relatively few people can learn on their own from generic curricular materials, absent instructional customization and social support. This outcome is independent of medium: correspondence, audio, video, online, and elaborate multimedia courses all show a similar pattern. To succeed, the vast majority of learners need encouragement from other people to persevere when they are struggling and require tailoring of the knowledge and skills presented to their interests, strengths, and weaknesses.
This session will brainstorm ways to design a massive learning experience in which peer interaction provides a high degree of personalization, as well as a powerful lens for studying various types of collaborative knowledge building.
To register or learn more about this opportunity, go here.
Customer service reps are on the frontlines, communicating directly with customers every day, and they are increasingly thrust into negotiations with difficult and demanding customers without any formal negotiation training. In this webinar, customer service representatives will get the tools and techniques they need to handle unreasonable customer demands and negotiate an outcome with which everyone is satisfied. Customer service representatives will learn how to handle difficult customers, negotiate seemingly unreasonable demands, and find solutions so customer — and company — leave happy.
Jeff Scheff, Director of Kentucky Heartwood, will present on Our Wildlands Legacy: A Preservationist’s Vision for Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest.
For more information, contact Rebecca Glasscock.
Everyone has customers, whether that is a student, a colleague, or a community member. Sometimes, our interactions with those people leave us wondering what potion they drank to bring on the challenging behaviors we’ve all observed. This interactive training will identify some difficult customer behaviors, explore possible responses to those behaviors, and provide an opportunity to practice saying what you can do rather than saying "no".
Participation in this session is limited to accommodate discussion and activities. For more information, contact Miranda Hines.
To register for this session, go here.
In conjunction with Friday, November 21 Division Meetings, the College is offering a variety of Professional Development activities on the Newtown Campus.
Registration is encouraged to provide presenters with a head count, but drop-ins are most certainly welcome.
To learn more about the sessions being offered, or to register, please go here.
No one ever said management was easy. One of the toughest things a manager must do is clearly communicate goals and keep employees on track. Even when you feel like you’ve explained everything and you think that everyone is crystal clear about their roles and expectations, someone is bound to get derailed. Underperforming employees can be the most frustrating thing you have to deal with as a manager, and despite your best efforts, sometimes they just don’t seem to “get it.” On the flip side, no one likes being in a position where they don’t understand their roles or where they feel unappreciated. Most problems arise not because employees are intentionally sabotaging your project, but due to a communication breakdown.
So what do you do? In this webinar, you’ll learn techniques for clearly communicating expectations, as well as how to effectively follow up. By staying on top of the situation, you’ll ensure that goals are met, while heading off problems before they arise.
As the 2014 lead institute representing the newly founded Central KY Diversity Consortium, the BCTC Office of Multiculturalism and Inclusion invites you to attend the 8th annual MOSAIIC Conference. This partnership consists of faculty and staff representing Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Transylvania University, Berea College, Georgetown College, Eastern KY University, Centre College, Kentucky State University, and the University of Kentucky. We are excited to inform you of this year’s theme for the 2014 MOSAIIC: The Lynching of Resurrected Jim Crow; the Problems and Solutions.
The 2014 conference will feature Tim Wise and an all-star diversity cast. Tim Wise, Friday’s keynote, is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. Named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World” by Utne Reader, Wise has spoken in all 50 states, on over 800 college and high school campuses, and to community groups across the nation.
There is concern in the media about the backward movement of equality and justice. Recent themes of poverty, miseducation of people of color, concentrated killings and imprisonment of young men of color all point back to the New Jim Crow. We recognize it but how do we expose it and deal with it?
Thursday’s session will begin with a definition/history of Jim Crow, followed by panels of students who will share their life stories to articulate current problems related to low achievement of students of color, incarceration, disillusionment, and other issues. Friday will address solutions to combat Thursday’s issues and the world’s problems.
Registration Deadline: November 26th
Registration Cost: Student registration is free. The conference fee for other attendees is $100 and covers both days and meals. Registration for only Day 1, with luncheon, is $50. ALL attendees must register in advance unless they are only attending the keynote (no luncheon), in which case $25 is paid directly to the Lyric at the Box. ALL presenter’s registration fee is waived, but ALL must register.
Check-In: Check-in for Thursday, December 4th, and Friday, December 5th, begins at 9am on both days, with the first session beginning at 10am. Thursday’s sessions end at 4pm, and Friday’s sessions end at 3pm.
We look forward to a great 2014 MOSAIIC. Come, listen, become aware, and get involved in trying to wipe out social injustices all around us.
“Standing still is never an option so long as inequities remain embedded in the very fabric of the culture.” ― Tim Wise, Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity
To register, go here.
For more information, contact Charlene Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-246-6439.
Should we reward colleges and universities that perform well? What about institutions that don’t perform well – should they receive fewer resources? Who gets to decide what “good performance” looks like? An article from AAUP asks “Who funds performance based funding and why?”:
Join AALHE colleagues as we discuss this difficult issue in 140 characters or less. Dr. Catherine Wehlburg, Texas Christian University, and Dr. David Eubanks, Eckerd College, will be the provocateurs/facilitators for this inaugural AALHE Twitter Chat.
New to Twitter? To participate in the conversations, you will need a Twitter account. Use the hashtag #aalhechat to see what others are saying and to contribute your own thoughts. You can find out more about how to participate at http://support.twitter.com/articles/215585-getting-started-with-twitter# or search for “Getting Started with Twitter.
Communicating effectively with employees is one of the toughest jobs you face as a leader. If they don’t “get” what you need, they can’t give you what you want. Get super-effective techniques for becoming a more motivating, persuasive communicator. Learn secrets to having constructive “tough” conversations with employees. There are only a handful of leadership “musts” so critical that they can make or break your career: Communication skills rank top on the list of must-have skills for leaders!
Understanding the implications of integrated accessibility in new construction and alteration projects starts at the very beginning stages of concept and site development. It's important to involve everyone in all aspects of the design process from the architects and designers to the construction team and most importantly, the end users. This session will discuss these concepts and introduce the Universal Design balance with ADA compliance. A concept of "Experiential Equity" will be discussed in the realm of design and construction processes. Achieving ideal accessibility requires comprehension and commitment from all involved with an inclusive vision from the project leaders. This session will examine and explore successful techniques to achieve this goal.
CE Recognition: AIA, AICP, Cert. of Attendance
Registration: On-line at http://adagreat.powweb.com/Registration/ (you will be required to establish an account with our system if you don’t already have one).
The Kentucky Pedagogicon II (KP II) will be held on Friday, 22 May 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Eastern Kentucky University’s Noel Studio for Academic Creativity. Sponsored by the Council on Postsecondary Education and its Faculty Development Workgroup, KP II has a theme of “Closing the Achievement Gap through Scholarly and Creative Teaching,” and potential tracks include Innovations, Evidence-based Learning, Technology, Critical/Creative Thinking, Cultural Competency, and Information Literacy and Communication.
Submit a Proposal at: http://studio.eku.edu/pedagogicon-proposal-submission-2015.
Deadline to Submit: February 1, 2015
(Submitters will be notified if their presentation has been accepted via email by March 1, 2015.)
For more information, please contact Lynn Phillips at email@example.com.
KY-AAWCC is the Kentucky Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges. It was formed to champion the women currently serving in Kentucky’s community colleges and maximize their potential. The annual conference is focused on helping its members develop and grow in both their personal and professional lives, and give them an opportunity to network with their counterparts from across the state.
Possible session titles for the 2015 KY-AAWCC Conference include:
Submit a Session Proposal at: http://kyaawcc.org/conference-2015/
Deadline to Submit Proposal: November 7, 2014.
Register at: http://kyaawcc.org/conference-2015/
Deadline to Register: February 13, 2015
The focus of this year’s conference is Identities in Consultation: Diversity in the South and Beyond.
What does it mean to be “southern” in a country where regionalism is becoming less important to identity and more important as a commodity? What does it mean to be a regional writing center when regionalism is not relative to the populations we service? How do we begin to understand emerging educational communities and their developing identities, which include new education standards, shifts in demographics, online instruction, and multimodal writing prompts that move students away from traditional writing tasks? What is the evolving function of a writing center to a generation of students who have spent their lives reading and blogging with their peers throughout the world?
In these new communities, we must revise our understanding and implementation of the roles we play as consultants, students, instructors, and administrators. Our developing identities will shape our pedagogy, expand our relevance to our Universities and colleges, and amplify the way writing centers operate in the academy.
Please join us as we explore identity and diversity in the writing center.
To learn more, go here.
Bluegrass Community & Technical College will sponsor the 9th annual Changing Classroom Cultures Conference on Friday, February 27th, and Saturday, February 28th, at the Newtown Campus in Lexington, KY.
In recognition of the role that both Faculty and Staff play in enriching our student's college experience, Friday's sessions will offer learning opportunities for both Faculty AND Staff, while Saturday's sessions will maintain a faculty focus.
The theme for this year's FREE Conference is Teaching & Learning: The Next Generation. All full-time and part-time KCTCS Faculty and Staff are encouraged to submit a proposal that supports innovation in areas such as teaching and learning, technology, student services, ADA, soft skills, or other areas that support next generation learning in the college. Sessions are 60 minutes in length.
Deadline to Submit Proposals: November 17, 2014
*Presenters will be notified of their proposal status by December 1st.
Submit a Proposal
Contact Miranda Hines with questions.
The Southeast ADA Center, a member of the ADA National Network and a project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University, provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). They consist of ten regional ADA Centers and an ADA Knowledge Translation Center located throughout the United States (U.S.). They are not an enforcement or regulatory agency, but a helpful resource supporting the ADA's mission to "make it possible for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality."
To view these resources or register, go here.
Canvas Network gives teachers, learners and institutions alike the place and platform to define the world of open online learning in a way that makes sense for everyone. It grows as teachers and learners apply it in individual ways and then share the results with the world.
Built on the same Canvas platform that millions already use to learn every day, Canvas Network will grow to be a gathering place for the open online courses, communities and collections that millions more will be able to use to evolve learning to meet their goals.
So take a course. Teach a course. Explore. Imagine.
CLEP has launched a series of new professional development webinars. These free one-hour sessions are designed to meet the needs of faculty and testing professionals. Topics will be useful to those on campuses just beginning to use CLEP and to those who have more specific needs and questions.
To register for these sessions, go here.
Bluegrass Workforce Solutions provides continuing education, recertification, and relicensure courses for a variety of professionals. Continuing Education Units (CEU's) will be awarded for those courses and participants will receive a Certificate of Completion to be used for recertification/relicensure requirements. For more detailed information, visit the website or call (859) 246-6666.
Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer FREE online courses for anyone to take. Their technology enables the best professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students in an effort to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. Their goal is to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in. Courses include a wide range of topics, spanning the Humanities, Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business, Computer Science, and many others. Whether you're looking to improve your resume, advance your career, or just learn more and expand your knowledge, there are multiple courses that you may find interesting.
To explore and register for a course, go here.
EDUCAUSE® is a nonprofit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education. They help those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic IT decisions at every level within higher education. They view IT not only as technology, but as a system of people, processes, organizations, and challenges that are constantly evolving. Their programs and services focus on analysis, advocacy, community building, professional development, and knowledge creation to support the transformative role that IT can play in higher education. Finally, they offer many ways to help higher education professionals who use or manage information technology to keep up on trends and developments… many of which are provided online at no cost.
Find Adobe Connect technical requirements; past webinar archives; instructions for attending webinars using an iPhone, iPad, or Android-enabled device; and suggestions for making webinars a collaborative event on your campus on the EDUCAUSE Live! website.
Go2Knowledge is a new online resource that grants all BCTC faculty and staff unlimited access to 100+ professional development trainings with the click of a button. Full-time and part-time employees may access trainings on the following topics, at any time, day or night:
After completing each training, you may print a personalized certificate. Access instructions are available under Professional Development & Training in ITES.
*Please note: Each training is 1 ½ hours and may be paused for up to 3 hours. If your session times out, you may receive credit by restarting it, fast forwarding to where you left off, and finishing your training.
Online courses cover a variety of topics including accounting, personal finance, grant writing, computer skills, healthcare, sales and marketing, digital photography, starting your own business, health information management, creative writing, graphic arts, and web design, just to name a few. For more detailed information, visit the website or call (859) 246-6666.
FridayLive! is a free, interactive, Internet-accessible, multimedia weekly series offered by The Teaching, Learning, and Technology (TLT) Group. The TLT Group is a not-for-profit that helps college and university educators take advantage of changing technology so they can improve teaching and learning. As a non-profit, the TLT Group looks to enable collaboration, support, mutual understanding and communication among key stakeholders in an institution, and use evidence to make better decisions.
FridayLive! sessions alternate among a variety of topics: Dangerous Discussions, interviews, tech topics and tools. You can join FridayLive! on Fridays from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Even though the session is free, we'd prefer that you register in advance, unless you are an individual member and hold a season FASTPASS. Room opens at 1:45 p.m. Main session from 2:00 to 2:55 p.m. Closing until 3:00 p.m. Afterthoughts until 3:30 p.m.
For more information or to register, go here.
Innovative Educators is dedicated to providing superior training focused on critical issues facing students and educators today. Our primary goal is to provide the information, training, and skills necessary to implement positive change on a personal, professional, and institutional level. Complimentary webinars address topics such as service-based learning, rubrics, advising, use of open educational resources, student engagement, campus safety, and much, much more.
To view a complete list of these free trainings and to register, go here.
National Seminars Training offers training on topics including Microsoft Office products, communication, conflict and confrontation, HR and ADA issues, project management, marketing, generational differences, and more. To view a complete list of these trainings, go here.
Limited access to webinars is available to BCTC at no cost. For more information and to recommend one of these webinars, please contact Miranda Hines.
Every semester, all faculty attend professional development related to reading across the disciplines. Faculty learn reading strategies to apply in their classroom, therefore directly enhancing what is offered to our students. Faculty and staff may attend a face-to-face workshop or meet their professional development goals on-line. Staff may attend professional development to enhance reading across college-level programs such as student advising and to improve student comprehension of important terms used in “BCTC Literacy” such as SAP, and FERPA. Either way, opportunities to learn more about this initiative are readily available to all.
For more information about live and online training opportunities, please go here.
The Remote Advisor is a new online tool that provides advising training to address working with students at a distance. This training satisfies a PD training requirement for faculty advisors.
To access this online tool, go here.
WADA ADA Live! is a free monthly internet-based radio talk show to learn about the rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Sponsored by the Southeast ADA Center, mark your calendar to join this informative 30-minute discussion on the first Wednesday of each month, from 1:00pm-1:30pm. During each live show, real-time captioning is available.
You may submit questions and connect to each show through www.adalive.org.